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Police say the young mother who dropped her baby boy from a second-story window may face serious charges.
It's a Christmas miracle — and a Christmas debacle, all wrapped in one.
A San Jose mother dropped her 22-month-old son out of a second-story window on Christmas Day shortly before jumping out of the window herself, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Remarkably, the boy suffered only minor bruises, according to the newspaper.
Lupita Cortez barricaded herself in the upstairs room in the 3500 block of Alden Way in West San Jose and threatened to kill herself, according to the newspaper. Her family called 911 to report to police she was distraught, and Cortez, 24, threw herself and the baby out of the window as police arrived, according to the newspaper.
Her son, Nathan Alvarez, hit a patch of hard dirt at the end of his 20-foot fall, the newspaper reported, and was only "banged up and bruised." His mother broke both ankles.
Cortez had apparently suffered depression for some time, entering an area hospital for treatment as recently as last week, according to the newspaper. Her family planned to take her back to the hospital for more treatment on Christmas. Cortez asked that she be allowed to go to church first, but while the family was preparing for the trip, she locked herself in the room, the newspaper said.
Cortez, who is currently in a hospital nursing her broken bones, could face serious child endangerment charges, the newspaper reported.